Book launch party
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A launch party for Colleen Anderson's new book will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29 at Taylor Books.
"Missing: Mrs. Cornblossom" is a children's chapter book. The book's cover says that a whole neighborhood misses Edna Cornblossom: "Welcome to Arlington Court, where a trio of 10-year-olds, two eccentric adults and a mischievous calico cat discover that, together, they carry their friend's beloved memory forward in their own lives."
The book is aimed at readers ages 8 to 12, but also appeals to younger children when read to by an adult.
Anderson is a writer of adult fiction, songs and poetry. She is a regular essayist for West Virginia Public Radio, and teaches creative writing classes at Cedar Lakes Crafts Center and at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, N.M.
The paperback book is published by Quarrier Press and is available for $9.95 at West Virginia bookstores or from www.wvbookco.com.
'Animal Farm' discussion
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Animal Farm," by George Orwell, is the subject of two book discussions.
Jim Lewis, longtime political activist and minister, will discuss the political concepts Orwell put forth in his novel at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Kanawha County Library. The talk is for adults and teens.
Carol Campbell will lead the discussion as a kickoff to Banned Books Week at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Taylor Books.
"Animal Farm" was banned in the former Soviet Union until the 1980s for being anti-communist, but it also was banned in the United States for the pro-communist text in its introduction.
Copies of the book are limited, but may be picked up at the reference desk at the Main Library.
Author at UC lunch
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Marilyn Sue Shank will discuss her recently published novel, "Child of the Mountains," at the University of Charleston Builders luncheon Sept. 26 in the Erma Byrd Art Gallery, Riggleman Hall.